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October 2, 2007
Niners waive Jacobs, sign Gilmore

At the end of the preseason, the 49ers had a decision to make at wide receiver: Do we keep Taylor Jacobs, who had been the golden boy of the offseason sessions, or Bryan Gilmore, last year's third receiver who was a favorite of assistant coach Jerry Sullivan? The 49ers went with Jacobs at the time. But the former Florida receiver has not delivered in games, dropping several passes, including one in Sunday's loss to Seattle.
On Tuesday, the 49ers cut ties with Jacobs and brought back Gilmore, who had modest production last year as the team's third receiver, catching eight passes for 150 yards. The 49ers also signed tackle Patrick Estes, who was cut earlier in the season, and cut fullback Zak Keasey.
“It is always a difficult decision to make roster moves during the season, and we did put considerable time and effort into making these moves," coach Mike Nolan said in a statement. "Taylor has exceptional skills, but we were not getting the production we needed at that spot. It was a tough decision to waive Bryan Gilmore at the final cut. I said at that time, that it was probably the most difficult decision I had to make in the two years being here because he is everything you are looking for in terms of work ethic and commitment. When we released Patrick prior to the first game I said I hoped at some point we could bring him back to help our offensive line.”



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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